What a Sick Bird Looks Like

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by casportpony, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Here is a critically ill peahen:
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    -Kathy
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Somewhere I picked up a card on how to tell if a finch is sick (don't ask why, I've never had a finch). These symptoms would be true for poultry too, wouldn't they?

    - sleeping during daytime (not napping, really sleeping)
    - changes in diet
    - dull eyes
    - difficulty perching (or roosting in poultry)
    - loss of balance
    - antisocial behavior
    - drooping wings (like the peahen in your photo)
    - feathers ruffled & fluffed (trying to conserve body heat)
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Thanks, that's a great list!

    -Kathy
     
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    The list should have poo issues too. Can't forget the poo!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    You are so correct! What prompted me to start this thread was the double dog dare from you *and* that while feeding I noticed one of my ducks looking "off". She was standing alone, had eyes closed, not interested in food and had her head tucked in. After watching her for a few minutes she pooped a mostly yellow liquid poop. So now I get to try to figure out what's ailing her...

    -Kathy
     
  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Those double dog dares work every time [​IMG]

    I hope your duck is ok!
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    They sure do, especially with me. :D

    Duck is inside, has had her exam, been given fluids and medications for what I think is a GI disturbance. What type? Impossible to know without a vet, so I'm treating her for coccidiosis, worms, enteritis and E. coli. If it's viral, drugs won't help, but the supportive care might.

    What little poop she's passing is mostly a clear yellow liquid that feels slimy, like mucus, and I think there might be some blood in it.

    Will give another 60ml of fluids in about 30 minutes.


    -Kathy
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    What breed of ducks do you have Kathy? Keep me posted on how she's doing [​IMG]
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    This one is a Muscovy, but I also have some mutt ducks.

    -Kathy
     
  10. Sutremaine

    Sutremaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How would one tell the difference between napping and 'really sleeping'?
     

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